Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Another factor worthy of more research is the role played by ritual in mediating mimetic rivalry within organizational contexts. We might tentatively suggest that in general ritual seems to direct symbolic and actual violence in directions that further the goals of the organization and which prevents the outbreak of acquisitive mimetic rivalry. For example Ackroyd & Crowdy (1990) offer examples to show that the targets for "practical jokes" in the slaughterhouse that formed the basis of their study were usually hose who were slower and less efficient at tasks than the perpetrators. Discussing the general role of insults in organization Gabriel (1998), argues that this is a political process
that establishes a kind of "pecking order", thus restricting rivalry to the next slot available in the hierarchy. These arguments support the view that mimetic behaviour is ever present in
organizational contexts but that this rarely escalates to acquisitive mimetic rivalry.
from: Organization as containment of acquisitive mimetic rivalry: the contribution of Rene Girard
Compare with 'The Tyranny of Structurelessness'
by Jo Freeman.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The results of the explosion of easily available articles, according to Evans, is that "researchers can more easily find prevailing opinion, they are more likely to follow it, leading to more citations referencing fewer articles."
Online articles lead to rapid scientific consensus
Hmm - interesting - but what would be even more interesting is how online availability of scientific articles influences not science by itself but how it is applied. I would expect there much more dramatic changes.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Thinking of hosting a 'creating passionate users' 3-day workshop/retreat with a catch--the fee: help build a perimeter fence. Get fit, too!- Kathy Sierra
Another sign of post-money economy. Physical exercise in a good company - rather an additional benefit then a cost.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Email is our work - communication with other humans is the task that still cannot be automated. That's why I am rather sceptical about the productivity boost of "no email days" introduced in some corporations. I suspect they just don't measure the right things.
All this does not mean that we should do all this human communication work in email - only that currently this is the tool most people use. Perhaps we could do this work in a bit more efficient way if we had a more complete toolbox.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
In a universe both deprived of any transcendental code of justice and exposed to violence, everybody has reason to fear the worst. The difference between a projection of one's own paranoia and an objective evaluation of circumstances has been worn away.
Rene Girard Violence and the Sacred
When there are no rules, no authority but violence thinking twice is deadly, preemptive strike as response to the slightest signal of hostility is prudent, there is no time for deliberation. It is either you kill our you are killed.
It is striking how some of our online behaviour repeats this basic pattern. It is not, as it is often explained, that people exagerate emotion in text, it is rather that in some circumstances people start to act as if in the middle of a violent conflict. They don't exaggerate negative opinions, they actively seek anything that can be interpreted as hostile and don't wait for any explanation but retaliate. Of course the other side does the same - this is the nature of a flamewar.
The circumstances change - but human nature stays the same and we still carry in our psyche the most primitive programs. They only need a trigger.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The problem with TechMeme is that even though the name suggests it is about Tech - it is really about politics (in Tech). Politics is important, even in Tech, sure - but this only amplifies the importance - while the ideal TechMeme would rely more on meritocracy. This is another example of "bike-shedding" - everyone can talk about the politics - but only a few know the technology and you'll always get more links to political articles then to technical ones.
Something with an anti-bike-shedding algorithm would be the real Magic Meme Machine.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
And in turn, they rely on friends and online connections for news to come to them. In essence, they are replacing the professional filter — reading The Washington Post, clicking on CNN.com — with a social one.
Filtering is passive - the use of that particular metaphor shows that the old way of thinking is still there. But the text clearly shows that what the 'friends and online connections' do is an active participation in disseminating the news - it is in fact 'routing' of the information.
My old time 'social routing' metaphor seems more adequate here. But my original vision for it was something even more - it was about building software directly aimed at augmenting the social activity of passing the news. It was about sharing, in a true P2P way, of your information filters and sources and helping others to use them efficiently. It was about personal aggregating and filtering nodes connected to each other outputs that would help us, but not replace us, in directing the news into the outputs. Like interconnected but autonomous personal Diggs.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
For Amazon it would not mean much less income - since as I've said the fee for the development use of the services is rather small - but it would mean many more customers. Perhaps it would also mean some competition - but this would only validate the whole model and make it more suitable for big business which does not like so much dependence on one provider.
Update: Open Source EC2: EUCALYPTUS.